King's Day 2021: What to do?

As in 2020, King's Day 2021 will look different than usual. No big flea markets in the city, no open-air dance events, and no King's Night. Yet, there is no reason to be bored at home. Find out what you can do on King's Day this year!

Every year on the 27th of April, it’s King’s Day. On this day, the Dutch monarch's birthday is being celebrated. It is an official national holiday, so most people have a day off. Normally, King’s Day is celebrated with various festivities. Because of the measures taken by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19, King’s Day will be celebrated differently this year. Large festival such as 538 Koningsdag in Breda, Kingsland Festival, and SLAM! Koningsdag will not take place. Nonetheless, like last year, many alternative festivities are happening. Dress in orange and eat a tompouce, because King's Day is not canceled this year!

Watch the online stream of Royal Family visiting Eindhoven

Hometown of Holland2Stay ánd host city of King's Day 2021. How exciting! Every year, the monarch makes a ceremonial visit to one or more municipalities in the country. This year, King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and the princesses Amalia, Alexia, and Ariane will visit the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven. An impressive program has been organized around the visit.

Tune in online from 10:50 a.m. and choose between eight online rooms, each with its own program. For example, pastry chef Robèrt van Beckhoven will give a quick instruction in how to eat tompouces (handy!), there is an online tour with the best food hotspots in Eindhoven, and there are special rooms for design and techlovers. Prefer to party? Join the room with music by La Fuente, Bontgenoten, Django Wagner, and many more! For more information about the online program, you can visit the website.

Royal Family visit on King's Day

King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima, and the princesses Ariane, Alexia, and Amalia visiting Amersfoort in 2019.

Play some old Dutch games

#1 Koekhappen

What you need: gingerbread, some wire, and a tea towel
Cut slices of gingerbread and thread them on a wire. Hang up the wire and blindfold all players. Put your hands behind your back and bite! The first one to eat the gingerbread from the wire wins.

#2 Spijkerpoepen

What you need: empty bottles, some wire, and nails
Only the name is just fantastic: shitting nails. Tie a rope with a nail attached to it around the waist of the players. Stand side by side, each over an empty bottle. The one who lowers the nail into the bottle first, wins. Sounds easy right? Well, it's not ;-).

#3 Blik gooien

What you need: empty cans and some balls
Aka the old-fashioned version of the popular Swedish game Kubb. Stack some cans on top of each other and let all players spin around a few times. Count down and see who can knock over the most cans.

#4 Stoelendans

What you need: chairs and music
Chair dancing is always a success. Put the chairs in a circle and make sure there is one less chair than there are persons participating. Dance and walk around the chairs until the music suddenly stops. Get on a chair as quickly as possible. Anyone without a chair is out of the game. The last person left standing is the winner.

Koekhappen at King's Day

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima are experts in 'koekhappen' and in playing other traditional Dutch games.

National Toast

At 16:30 p.m., it is time to raise your glass to our King. Tip: try an orange liqueur like Oranjebitter. This typical Dutch drink is very popular on King's Day because of its - of course - orange color. It is available in most supermarkets. Or, try our orange Holland2Stay King's Day cocktail!

P(a)lace to be: the best music from Noordeinde Palace

The official closing of King’s Day 2021 will be hosted by The Streamers, a collection of the Netherlands’ best artists. The live performance will be livestreamed from Paleis Noordeinde, the working palace of the King. Through the website you can get free tickets and there you can - if you want - leave something in their digital tip jar.

At 19:00 p.m., the doors of the livestream will open and the pre-show will start. At 20:00 p.m., the show starts. Radio Q-Music is hosting from Paleis Noordeinde the whole day and will broadcast interviews and live performances of the artists. You can tune in at the website of Q-music.

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written by Inge

My love for exploring new cities has grown since I live near Eindhoven’s city center. Hopefully, I can share some valuable content with you to help you feel at home in your city as well!